February 5, 2010


Filed under: Adoption, Newborn, Parentood — adoptation @ 9:49 pm

For the first time in his young life (and our somewhat older ones), my wife and I got to spend 24 hours straight with our son. We had to wake up every 3 hours for sessions that included taking his temperature, changing his diaper, and feeding him (approx. 30 min. total), followed by swaddling and a bit of holding/rocking him before he and we went back to sleep.

Before bringing him home from the hospital, everyone we knew “warned” us about what was coming—groggy sleeplessness, twitchy frustration, rookie’s jitters—none of which materialized in the first 24-hour cycle…or in the hours leading into the first 48 an beyond. Sure, it was hard waking for a couple of the later (or earlier!) feedings; the hotel room started to smell of the hygiene and eating and general stuffiness; and I’ll need to do a better job figuring out how to bring in healthier meals now that we can’t really go out.

But we were and are happy. We are and continue to be grateful to have this baby in our life. We will be itchy to get home as the days tick by. But each challenge dissolves into the two of us smiling at each other, marveling at the boy sleeping in a carefully cushioned suitcase, enjoying every little thing he does and questioning every little thing we do for him.

The first 24 flew by because we are so happy to be parents and so thrilled to have connected with our son. The long line of 24-hour cycles ahead of us, which will be more of the same until they suddenly become new again for all of us, so far are everything we’d been working towards for so long and better than we’d expected it to be.



  1. So glad to hear the first 24 were uneventful. I’ll keep sending good vibes for more just like that!

    Congrats again!

    Comment by Nicole — February 6, 2010 @ 6:53 am

  2. So happy to hear things went smoothly. I think that going through what you two have to adopt your son will give you an appreciation for some of the care taking roles that other parents may find frustrating. After all he is a dream realized for the two of you!

    Comment by Rebecca — February 6, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    • I think that’s true, Rebecca…though we’ll also have to see if our attitudes hold up once we’re home and have been doing this for awhile!

      Comment by adoptation — February 6, 2010 @ 11:33 am

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